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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Wednesday September 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Alexys de Alfaro - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

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CANCELLED

Archipelago + Freese Trio - Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 7:30pm. £5.00.

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Levee Ramblers NOJB w. Jim McBriarty (clarinet) & Bob Wade (trumpet) - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Dulcie May Quintet @ The Globe Jazz Bar - July 18

Dulcie May Moreno (vocals); Stephen Bridgland (guitar); Steve Summers (tenor/soprano saxes); Paul Grainger (bass); Rob Walker (drums)
(Review/PHOTOS by Lance)

I missed this super songstress' last concert in Newcastle but remembered her performance at a Black Swan jam session so that even though there was the intriguing prospect of Alan Barnes with Sue Ferris and the Paul Edis Trio up the road my decision was made and, despite the vagaries of our so-called rapid transport system I made it to the Jazz Coop's upper room just in time for Comes Love.
The voice, every bit as good as I expected and Bridgland's guitar solo equally magical. No Moon at All, Honeysuckle Rose and Taking a Chance on Love followed. The voice, pitch perfect, the phrasing impeccable, the band with her every step of the way.

It couldn't get any better than this - or could it?

Up stepped Steve Summers - now a proud grandfather and, when it comes to sax playing, a grandmaster - adding a Coltrane feel to Stolen Moments, Steely Dan's Home at Last, Moanin' and Chains (?).

Intermission. CDs being sold, A good crowd including Alice Grace pictured with Dulcie - singing-wise two of the very best.

The second set opened with Cole Porter's Get Out of Town although nobody did - who would? would you? Summers switched to soprano sax for the gender reversed Nature Girl. A raunchy Nina Simone number, Are You Ready?, then God Bless the Child - was this a request from the new grandfather? the blistering sop sax solo suggests it may have been!

Hum Drum Blues an earthy down-home swinger it could almost have taken us back to the 1950s - if they'd had ipads in those days. Powerhouse drumming from Walker and a touch of humour from Grainger.

Love Me or Leave Me done fashionably uptempo before it was time for to Let the Good Times Roll and roll they did.

The Jazz Coop's Moocher Minnie thanked the band who returned the compliment with a spirited version of Minnie the Moocher.

It was one of the best Globe gigs in a long long time and, if you missed it then all is not lost there are three options. On August 9, Dulcie, Grainger and Bridgland are at The Vault in Hexham, The Dulcie May Quintet have a CD available and, hot off the press, there is also a duo EP.

I recommend all three but, if you can't make it to Hexham then the albums are essential. Most of the numbers were performed at last night's concert and represent a pinnacle in UK jazz singing.
Lance

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Agreed. This was a stunning performance - perfect in every respect. Lance sums it up well. Graham

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance